Nutritional Value

Are chillis good for me or bad for me?

The nutritional value of capsicums lies in their vitamin content. Vitamins A, C and E are present in sweet and hot chilli peppers, the sweet having particularly large amounts.

As a matter of fact, 1 ounce of raw sweet pepper contains approximately 40 mg of Vitamin C, which is two thirds of the recommended daily intake of that vitamin.

However, chilli peppers and sweet peppers lose their vitamin content when they are cooked or pickled, or if they are allowed to ripen too much.

Scientists say that chillis add more than just flavour to the diet. Capsaicin stimulates the appetite, helps to clear the lungs, improves circulation and acts as a painkiller for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

Capsaicin, once ingested, causes the brain to release endorphins into the bloodstream which can induce a natural feeling of well being similar to that achieved by long distance runners.

If you ever wondered why long distance runners seem to enjoy running, just eat a few nice hot chillis and experience the feeling for yourself.

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